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Nutrition and Fitness Grants for Kids

Thu, Feb 6, 2014 @ 11:02 AM / by Alisyn Franzen

Food Programs for KidsEvery year, millions of Americans make a New Year’s resolution to lose weight and/or become more physically fit, and each year only about 8% achieve their goal. One of the many tips for ensuring success is to get a partner to join you in your efforts.  Partners motivate us, hold us accountable, and make the whole process more fun. Educators and parents might want to consider choosing a young partner – their children and students. By working to instill healthy eating and exercise habits in young people on a daily basis, the adults may well find themselves acting as healthy role models.

In the spirit of nutrition and fitness goals that are often associated with the new year, dedicates this blog to helping organizations that are looking for nutrition and fitness grant opportunities for kids.


The General Mills Foundation: Champion for Healthy Kids

This program will award fifty $20,000 grants to organizations that develop creative ways to help children ages 2-18 adopt a balanced diet and physically active lifestyle. Champion for Healthy Kids is a partnership of the General Mills Foundation, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation, and the President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports.

Deadline: March 14, 2014


Culinary Trust: Chefs Move to Schools 

To support healthy eating habits, this grant program provides $1,500 grants to support volunteer efforts by culinary professionals in public schools that serve children living at or below the poverty level. Chefs can apply for funding in support of programs that promote health and wellness in schools. Examples include school gardens, healthy eating curriculum, chefs as guest speakers, and wellness programs for students and/or parents.

Deadline: Grant applications are reviewed quarterly.


Aetna Foundation Regional Grants Program

The Aetna Foundation provides grants between $25,000 and $40,000 for communities served by Aetna. The Foundation’s priorities include healthy food choices and programs promoting physical activity for children and families, including nutrition programs, access to fruits and vegetables, and community gardens.

Deadline: 2014 deadline will be announced this summer.


The Coca-Cola Foundation

This foundation supports access to exercise, physical activity, and nutritional education programs. It also supports programs that motivate behavior modification and that encourage lifestyle/behavioral changes.

Deadline: See the foundation’s website for more specific details.


Blue Cross Blue Shield Foundations

Blue Cross Blue Shield Foundations are set up in the states served by Blue Cross Blue Shield. Each places an emphasis on healthy lifestyle choices including nutrition and physical activity for children and families. For more information on the BCBS Foundation programs and deadlines for your state, contact your states’ BCBS Foundation.


Working with our children to instill healthy habits may be the key to achieving that elusive New Year’s resolution. The Grant Helpers also want to be a part of helping you achieve your goals. If we can help you find additional funding opportunities in this or any other funding area, please do not hesitate to contact us.


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